older voters

Older Voters Give Santorum a Lift in Louisiana

Posted on 03/25/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsCandidates, take note: Boomers are an enormous part of the presidential electorate and can play a pivotal role in who gets the nomination and wins a trip to — or back to — the White House. In Louisiana, just about half (49 percent) of the voters in yesterday’s Republican primary voters were 45 to 64 years old, according to exit polls. Another 26 percent of the voters were 65 or older, putting the contest firmly in the hands of older …

In Illinois, You’ve Earned A Say

Posted on 03/15/2012 by | All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

Your LifeHi folks! It’s Gerardo from the Illinois Communications team bringing you information about a series of events that AARP will be hosting across the state over the next few months and into 2013 – events that will help ensure YOU have a voice in any debate about the future of Medicare and Social Security. AARP is launching “You’ve Earned a Say”. Why? Because, you have earned a say about the future of Medicare and Social Security – and because AARP …

A Small Measure of Voter Dissatisfaction

Posted on 02/28/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsAre older voters as angry as they were in 2010, when they formed the backbone of the Tea Party? Listening to an NPR report from a debate-watching party in Oracle, Ariz., on Feb. 20, you might not think so. At least not at first. Fifteen members of the Saddlebrooke Republican Club  gathered in their retirement community, which, according to the developer’s website, offers “a country club lifestyle that can best be described as breathtaking.” The partiers weren’t really representative of …

Romney Gets Shot of Adrenaline From Florida’s Older Voters

Posted on 02/1/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin TodayFlorida (hearts) Mitt Romney. Especially older voters, who powered a definitive Romney victory over Newt Gingrich in the Republican presidential primary. Seven in 10 Florida primary voters were 50-plus. In the 50-64 age group, Romney won 44 percent to Gingrich’s 34 percent. In the 65-plus group, Romney’s victory was even more pronounced, 51 percent to 34 percent. Maybe Florida primary voters loved what Romney said about Medicare and Social Security, two lifelines in a state where 18 percent of the …

The Takeaway: What Wasn’t Said at the Florida Debate (Hint: Much of Anything About Older Americans)

Posted on 01/24/2012 by | Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayMany political commentators felt disappointed by last night’s Republican presidential debate in Florida. Moderator Brian Williams seemed to stop the candidates whenever serious policy talk got underway in favor of fluff questions about electability, horse race hoopla and a seemingly random barrage of hypotheticals (what if Fidel Castro died? what would you have done about Terri Schiavo?). But in a state where about 40 percent of the population is 50 or older, and one in six citizens is 65+, the candidates spent surprisingly little time talking about issues of import to older Americans.

The Takeaway: Senior Support Could Drive Romney Win In Florida; Joe Paterno Dies

Posted on 01/23/2012 by | Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayThe next GOP primary is in Florida, home to a lot of older voters. Some folks say this makes the state an easy win for Mitt Romney, of whom older voters have historically been fond. But as we saw in South Carolina, Newt Gingrich also holds presidential appeal with both the boomer and the 65+ sets.